Vauxhall Cascada 1.4T SE 2dr Convertible (2013)

Offering an incredibly rewarding drive as well as a spacious and cozy interior, the Cascada was built to transport up to four people in comfort and elegance all while enjoying the weather with the roof down. Air Conditioning with Air Recirculation, Cruise Control, DMB Digital Radio with Integrated Aerial, Rear Parking Distance Sensors, Start/Stop System, 18in 5 - Twinblade Alloy Wheels with Locking Wheel Nuts, CD 400 - CD/MP3 CD Player and Aux-In Socket and USB Connection/iPod Control, Electrically Operated Front and Rear Windows with Safety Autoreverse and One-Touch Facility, Hill Start Assist (HSA), Remote Control Ultrasonic Security Alarm System, Tinted GlassMake use of our fantastic deals and finance offers which can save you up to 7400 pounds off the list price of this new Cascada with the scrappage scheme, FDA contribution and partners discount. Give us a call to find out more

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CO2: 149 g/km

MPG: 43.5

Body Glass

Electric front/rear windows with one touch, Solar glass, Tinted windscreen

Brakes

ABS + EBD + EBA, Electronic parking brake, ESP + traction control, Hill start assist

Chassis/Suspension

Lowered sports chassis

Communication

Bluetooth mobile phone connection

Driver Aids

Cruise control + speed limiter, Rear parking distance sensors, Speed sensitive power steering

Driver Information

Colour information display, Exterior temperature gauge, Low fuel level warning light, Multi function trip computer, Rev counter, Service interval indicator, Vauxhall OnStar emergency assistance

Driving Mirrors

Body colour electric adjustable heated door mirrors

Entertainment

Bluetooth audio streaming, DMB digital radio, Steering wheel mounted audio controls, USB connection

Exterior Body Features

Body colour bumpers, Body colour door handles, Body colour mirror housing, Chrome beltline, Chrome grille

Exterior Lights

Daytime running lights, Headlamp levelling, LED rear lights

Heating/Cooling/Ventilation

Air recirculation system, Pollen filter, Ventilation ducts to rear compartment

Hoods

Remote roof opener

Interior Features

12V power points in front + rear centre consoles, 4 Lashing eyes in boot, Centre console cupholders, storage box and adjustable armrest, Leather gear knob, Leather multifunction steering wheel, Lockable glovebox, Reach + rake adjustable steering column, Storage box in spare wheel well, Tilt/telescopic adjust steering wheel

Interior Lights

Ambient interior lighting, Front reading lights

Safety

Curtain airbags, Driver/Front Passenger airbags, Front passenger airbag deactivation, Front seatbelt pretensioners, Pedal release system, Pop-up roll over bars, Rear seat belt pretensioners, Seatbelt warning, Side airbags, Tyre pressure monitoring system with individual tyre pressure display

Seats

2 way active front head restraints, 2 way rear head restraints, 50/50 split folding rear seat backrest, Easy entry seats, FlexFold rear seats, Front seat back storage pockets, Isofix system on outer rear seats, Seatbelt holder strap

Security

Immobiliser, Locking wheel nuts, Remote central deadlocking, Remote ultrasonic alarm system

Vanity Mirrors

Driver/passenger sunvisors and vanity mirrors

General

Badge Engine CC: 1.4
Badge Power: 140
Based On ID: N
Coin Description: T
Coin Series: SE
Insurance Group 1 - 50 Effective January 07: 20E
Man Corrosion Perforation Guarantee - Years: 6
Manufacturers Paintwork Guarantee - Years: 1
NCAP Adult Occupant Protection %: N
NCAP Child Occupant Protection %: N
NCAP Overall Rating - Effective February 09: N
NCAP Pedestrian Protection %: N
NCAP Safety Assist %: N
Service Interval Frequency - Months: 12
Service Interval Mileage: 20000
Standard manufacturers warranty - Mileage: 60000
Standard manufacturers warranty - Years: 3
Timing Belt Interval Frequency - Months: 60
Timing Belt Interval Mileage: 100000
Vehicle Homologation Class: M1

Emissions

CO: 0.535
CO2 (g/km): 151
HC: 0.032
HC+NOx: N
Noise Level dB(A): 72
NOx: 0.015
Particles: N
Standard Euro Emissions: EURO 6

Engine and Drive Train

Camshaft: DOHC
Catalytic Convertor: True
CC: 1364
Compression Ratio: 9.5:1
Cylinder Layout: IN-LINE
Cylinders: 4
Cylinders - Bore (mm): 72.5
Cylinders - Stroke (mm): 82.6
Engine Code: A14NET S/S
Engine Layout: FRONT TRANSVERSE
Fuel Delivery: TURBO DIRECT INJECTION
Gears: 6 SPEED
Number of Valves: 16
Transmission: MANUAL

Fuel Consumption

EC Combined (mpg): 43.5
EC Directive 1999/100/EC Applies: True
EC Extra Urban (mpg): 52.3
EC Urban (mpg): 33.2

Performance

0 to 60 mph (secs): True
0 to 62 mph (secs): 10.2
Engine Power - BHP: 140
Engine Power - KW: 103
Engine Power - PS: True
Engine Power - RPM: 4900
Engine Torque - LBS.FT: 148
Engine Torque - MKG: 20.4
Engine Torque - NM: 200
Engine Torque - RPM: 1850
Top Speed: 129

Tyres

Alloys?: True
Tyre Size Front: 235/50 R18
Tyre Size Rear: 235/50 R18
Tyre Size Spare: TYRE REPAIR KIT
Wheel Style: 5 TWINBLADE
Wheel Type: 18" ALLOY

Vehicle Dimensions

Height: 1443
Height (including roof rails): N
Length: 4696
Wheelbase: 2695
Width: 1839
Width (including mirrors): 2020

Weight and Capacities

Fuel Tank Capacity (Litres): 56
Gross Vehicle Weight: 2110
Luggage Capacity (Seats Down): 650
Luggage Capacity (Seats Up): 380
Max. Loading Weight: 484
Max. Roof Load: N
Max. Towing Weight - Braked: 1250
Max. Towing Weight - Unbraked: 750
Minimum Kerbweight: 1626
No. of Seats: 4
Turning Circle - Kerb to Kerb: 11.8

OPEN FOUR ACTION (new2) 09/08/2013

The Vauxhall Cascada harks back to a time when large, elegant four-seater convertibles were a more common sight. Jonathan Crouch drives the entry-level 1.4T petrol version

Ten Second Review

The Vauxhall Cascada looks good, is well engineered and undercuts several key rivals. Whether it has the badge to succeed in a notoriously badge-conscious sector of the market is of course another thing, but if rear seat practicality is part of your decision-making process for a car of this kind, then here's one that's difficult to ignore, especially in entry-level 1.4-litre turbocharged petrol form.

Background

Put yourself in this position. You're looking for a convertible car but you have a bit of a problem. Your dubious predicament is brought about by the fact that your children have legs. Don't worry, you're not on your own with this one. Other families, it seems, are afflicted in just the same way. It's just that car manufacturers, and to narrow them down a bit, manufacturers of convertible cars, usually cater for children with no legs. You only have to look in the back of most 'four-seater' convertibles to realise that legs are a thorny issue. Where to put them? They certainly don't fit where they ought to go - the rear footwell. If there's an average sized adult up-front, this usually doesn't exist in such a design, the back of the front seat tending to sit virtually against the rear seat's cushion. Vauxhall, though, thinks that it has a solution to this issue in the elegant form of its Cascada convertible. If it has, then this could be the kind of drop-top the market's been waiting for. Let's try the most affordable version, the petrol-powered 1.4T.

Driving Experience

As any chassis engineer knows, lopping the top off a car is the preferred way to make it handle like an unroadworthy charabanc. That's why the best convertibles are those which have been designed from the outset to have no roof, and have all of the requisite stiffening in place. That's certainly the case with the Cascada, which is 43 per cent stiffer torsionally and 10 per cent more resistant to bending forces than the Astra TwinTop, Vauxhall's last open-topped car. Impressive underbody reinforcement comprises crossed steel bars and strengthened rocker panels. Vauxhall's HiPerStrut front suspension, first used in the 325PS Insignia VXR, is standard across the Cascada range. The system separates damping and steering functions, reducing torque steer, while also improving steering feel and cornering control. In addition to this, the Cascada's electric power steering module is mounted direct to the rack for greater feel and precision. Also available across the Cascada range is FlexRide, Vauxhall's fully adaptive chassis control system, which automatically adapts to suit driving style and prevailing road conditions, or can be over-ridden with one of three driver-controlled modes. We tested the most leisurely means of Cascada conveyance, that fitted with the entry-level 140PS 1.4-litre petrol turbo unit. With all that bulk to shift along, it isn't especially fast of course - 62mph from rest takes 10.2s on the way to 129mph - but it seems to suit the overall character of this car quite well.

Design and Build

The Cascada scores straight off the bat by looking the part. People buy these sorts of vehicles to look and feel good about themselves and so styling is key here. A large convertible lends itself to a low sleek look, but not all four-seat cabrios ultimately escape the dumpster look. The Vauxhall thankfully does. At 4697mm long and 1840mm wide (excluding mirrors), the Cascada is surprisingly big. It's larger in fact than an Audi A5 Cabriolet, let alone anything in the smaller Peugeot 308 or Ford Focus convertible class. With the top down, it has a very clean profile, with no roof-top cover or visible roll-over protection disturbing the car's silhouette aft of the steeply-raked A-pillar. It's also elegantly proportioned when the hood's up, thanks to a nicely contoured hood shape and a sharply raked rear screen. The fabric roof can be specified in one of three colours, which can be coordinated with one of ten body colours. The Cascada's cabin mixes the smart functionality of an Insignia's interior with some hand crafted detailing you might not associate with Vauxhall. Soft-touch materials with high-quality stitching comprise the dash roll top and the wing-shaped panel flows into the doors and frames the area around each front occupant. The deeply contoured seats are available in a range of embossed fabrics and leathers and customers have the option of ergonomic, Nappa leather-trimmed seats, which can be heated or ventilated. An Easy Entry system allows access to the rear seats and electric seat belt arms make securing front occupants less of a stretch. With a minimum load volume of 280-litres with the roof down and up to 350-litres roof up, the Cascada is even reasonably practical. In addition, the 50:50 split-rear seats benefit from Vauxhall's FlexFold system, which electrically releases and folds them.

Market and Model

Expect to pay around £24,000 for a Cascada in this 1.4T petrol form, the most affordable variant in the range. That's the kind of money you'd need to pay for equivalently powered versions of smaller drop-top rivals like Volkswagen's Golf Cabriolet and the Peugeot 308CC. As well as a decent level of standard kit, Vauxhall offers some interesting options like AFL+ (Adaptive Forward Lighting) with up to 11 automatic lighting functions, a Front Camera System including Traffic Sign Recognition, Lane Departure Warning, 'Following Distance Indication' and 'Forward Collision Alert'. You can also get your car with things like a rear-view camera, a heated steering wheel, Hill Start Assist and Side Blind Spot Alert. Safety is taken very seriously and there's a rigid steel passenger cell and pyrotechnically activated, spring-loaded high strength bars which automatically deploy behind the rear seats. These pop-ups are also triggered during other severe impacts, such as when the airbags are deployed. The front seats both benefit from two-way active headrests and double seat belt pre-tensioners, while even the two rear seats benefit from seat belt pre-tensioners.

Cost of Ownership

A larger car is inevitably a heavier car. So given that unlike its family hatchback-shaped cabriolet counterparts, this Cascada has proper room for four and weighs over two tonnes, you'd expect running costs to be higher. Which is not necessarily the case, thanks to features like a start/stop system fitted across the range which cuts the engine when you don't need it, stuck in traffic or waiting at the lights. And the results? Well, take the 1.4T 140PS petrol variant we tried, capable of 44.8mpg on the combined cycle and 148g/km of CO2, an almost identical set of figures to those returned by the smaller, less powerful Volkswagen Golf Cabriolet 1.4 TSI 122PS and actually a bit better than you'd get in a BMW 118i Cabriolet, for all its 'EfficientDynamics'. And you'll go around five more miles on every gallon and put out around 15% less CO2 than you would in rival models like Peugeot's 308CC 1.6 THP or Renault's Megane CC 1.4 TCe.

Summary

The Vauxhall Cascada looks to have virtually all the ingredients to guarantee success at the affordable end of the executive convertible segment. It looks good, the finish seems very polished and it's got some solid engineering underneath the pretty lines. Whether it can steal sales from posher brands in this notoriously badge-conscious sector is another thing of course. The availability of the entry-level petrol 1.4T engine we tried should help. It enables the Cascada to pitch in at an entry-level price way below the least expensive Audi A5 Cabriolet and BMW 3 Series Convertible models that Vauxhall would like to think represent its nearest competition. Truth be told, you could probably get this car for around the same amount - or less - than you'd pay for smaller and less desirable cabrios based on family hatchbacks, cars like drop-top versions of the Volkswagen Golf and the Peugeot 308. If all that's not enough, then it's hard to see what more the Griffin brand can do to win the hearts and minds of convertible buyers.

OPEN ELEGANCE (new2) 09/11/2012

Vauxhall's Cascada is a large, elegant four-seater convertible for the price of a much smaller, less luxurious one. Jonathan Crouch tries it.

Ten Second Review

Here's a premium product from a very mainstream brand. Vauxhall's Cascada is a proper four-seat convertible that would really worry the premium makers were it not for issues of badge equity. For those prepared to look beyond that, this car offers luxury cabriolet motoring and head-turning good looks without the usual lottery winners' pricetag. It's surprisingly desirable.

Background

If you've ever owned an affordably priced convertible, then you'll know that cars of this kind come with one major problem: you can't comfortably fit adult passengers in the back over any real distance. That's because models of this sort are largely based on Focus-sized family hatchbacks that are compact to start with and become even more so at the rear once you have to find space for a bulky hood. Cabriolets based on larger, more prestigious designs do better, but they're expensive. You'd think then, that there'd be a gap in the market here - and you'd be right. Here's the car that fills it - Vauxhall's Cascada. This, the Griffin brand is at pains to emphasise, is a significantly bigger proposition than the small convertibles it's directly priced against, cars like the Volkswagen Golf Cabriolet and the Peugeot 308CC. Sure enough, there's a wheelbase closely matched to Vauxhall's large medium range Insignia model and a body length that actually exceeds that of an Audi A5 Cabriolet from the next class up, a far pricier drop-top that the marketeers behind this car would like to think was a credible rival. Let's see.

Driving Experience

From the moment you take a seat and set off in this car, it's clear that this is a luxury convertible first and foremost, rather than any kind of low-slung roadster. But that doesn't mean it can't be dynamically adept. Indeed it must be if Vauxhall's pretensions of tilting at the up-market German brands are to be credibly realised. That's why the spec sheet promises HiPerStrut suspension from the 170mph Insignia VXR. And the FlexRide adaptive damping system that does so much to make the brand's Astra VXR such a credibly competitive hot hatch. Here though, this technology is there to dynamically improve a very different kind of car, over two tonnes in weight and lacking the kind of fixed roof that would normally be key to structural rigidity. It could have all produced a rather disastrous result, had this Cascada been simply a convertible spin-off from an ordinary Vauxhall hatch, as was its direct Astra Twin Top predecessor. But it isn't. This, in contrast, is the first time the brand has properly designed and purpose-built a open-topped car from scratch since the early 1930s. They've done the job properly. Under the bonnet, Vauxhall has wheeled out the best it has in terms of current engine technology, including an all-new 1.6-litre SIDI (or 'Spark Ignition Direct Injection') petrol unit that offers 170PS when mated to a 6-speed automatic gearbox. If that's not fast enough, you can also ask your dealer about a 200PS manual gearbox version. There's also an entry-level 140PS 1.4-litre petrol turbo unit and two 2.0 CDTi diesels, one with 165PS and a minority interest 195PS Bi-Turbo version.

Design and Build

The Cascada scores straight off the bat by looking the part. It's certainly quite a size, at over 4.7m long and over 1.8m wide, larger than an Audi A5 Cabriolet, let alone anything in the Volkswagen Golf-sized convertible class. When the top's down, it has a very clean profile, with no roof-top cover or visible roll-over protection disturbing the car's silhouette behind the steeply-raked A-pillar. I always think though, that the acid visual test of a car of this kind comes when you put the roof up, a process you commence either by pulling up this chromed switch between the seats or by pushing a button on the keyfob. The magnesium and aluminium mechanism then glides into life, in 17s revealing a beautifully tailored fabric hood. One of the problems with metal folding hoods is that they eat into bootspace, an issue Vauxhall was keen to avoid here. Sure enough, with the roof up, there's lots of room to play with - 380-litres. When the hood's down though, that inevitably takes a hit, the figure falling to 280-litres with a space that probably wouldn't accommodate a decently sized hard case. At the wheel where you sit quite high up, the cabin offers a mixture of Vauxhall familiarity and some hand crafted detailing you might not associate with this blue collar brand. The belt butler for example that extends over your shoulder and hands you your belt as you take your seat. All of which leaves what is probably this car's defining feature, its back seat accommodation. Once in place, most adults should be quite comfortable and it's all a world away from similarly-priced compact convertibles where in most cases, the back of the front seat tends to sit virtually against the rear seat's cushion.

Market and Model

Looking at one of those Golf, Megane or Peugeot 308CC-based family hatchback-shaped convertibles? They're very nice, but it would surely be even better if you were able to stretch to something a little more up-market that would have proper room for two adults in the back - an Audi A5 Cabriolet or a Volvo C70 for example. Maybe even a convertible BMW 3 Series - though that's pricier again. If that's the position you're in, then the Cascada is a car you should try. The kind of smart, stylish looks and decent rear seat space you'd expect to have to pay £30,000 to £40,000 for, all at the kind of £24,000 to £30,000 budget that you'd need to assign to the purchase of a much smaller Golf Cabriolet, Renault Megane CC or Peugeot 308CC. All models get the powered roof, all-round power windows, alloy wheels, daytime running lights and air conditioning you'd expect from a modern £25,000 convertible and also include rear parking sensors, LED tail lights, sports front seats, cruise control, a leather covered steering wheel, a trip computer and a digital radio with USB and Aux-in connectivity. Plusher versions like this one get heated seats with leather trim, front foglamps and rain-sensitive wipers, plus auto headlamps that can dip themselves at night.

Cost of Ownership

A larger car is inevitably a heavier car. So given that unlike its family hatchback-shaped cabriolet counterparts, this Cascada has proper room for four and weighs over two tonnes, you'd expect running costs to be higher. Which is not necessarily the case, thanks to features like a start/stop system fitted across the range which cuts the engine when you don't need it, stuck in traffic or waiting at the lights. And the results? Well, take the 1.4T 140PS petrol variant, capable of 44.8mpg on the combined cycle and 148g/km of CO2. Other Cascada variants don't fare quite as well as that: the 1.6 SIDI petrol auto for example, manages 39.2mpg on the combined cycle and 168g/km of CO2. Then there are the diesel versions of this Vauxhall, with both 165 and 195PS versions of the 2.0 CDTi unit delivering 54.3mpg on the combined cycle and 138g/km of CO2. That's quite a bit better than you'd get from a rival Peugeot 308CC 2.0 HDi or Volvo C70 D3. But not quite up to the level of either a BMW 118d or 120d Convertible, or indeed the 2.0 TDI Cabriolet versions of either the Audi A5 or the Volkswagen Eos and Golf models.

Summary

These days, Vauxhall is a company with some genuinely desirable products in its portfolio. Here's one of them. In this Cascada, the brand looks to have virtually all the ingredients to guarantee success and the 10% market share it's seeking at the affordable end of the convertible segment. The design's good, the finish seems very polished and it's got some solid engineering underneath the pretty lines. A perfect recipe in fact for buyers who previously enjoyed the old Vauxhall-engineered Saab 9-3 Convertible. Whether though, this car can steal sales from today's prestigious makers in this notoriously badge-conscious sector is another thing of course. At least the Griffin brand has given it every chance. It not only, as you'd expect, substantially undercuts rival models from Audi, Volvo and BMW on price but it also provides what is, in many ways, a better all-round package into the bargain, one that includes more rear seat legroom and extra equipment. Some might even find this car to be better looking. If all that's not enough, then it's hard to see what more Vauxhall can do to win the hearts and minds of convertible buyers.